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Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology (STUA)

The Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology (STUA) was formed to promote the research, recording and preservation of Scotland's underwater heritage. It is a registered charity, number SC018418, and aims to continue its research into the rich and exciting history which still awaits discovery in Scotland's lochs.

Stualogo2The STUA owns and operates the Scottish Crannog Centre. The Trust's archaeologists have been diving to explore the crannogs of Loch Tay since 1980. The Crannog Centre's recreated loch-dwelling was built as an experiment, based on excavation results from the 2,500 year-old Oakbank Crannog located off the village of Fearnan on the north shore of Loch Tay.  The Centre brings the archaeological evidence to life, inspiring visitors from all walks of life. The  STUA aims to ensure that explorations such as those carried out at Oakbank Crannog continue and that the secrets of life on the loch in the Early Iron Age are unveiled.  

The STUA also carries out surveys and excavations further afield, provides training, expertise and advice, and tries to raise awareness of our underwater heritage through education, exhibition, outreach and publication.  It also liases with statutory and environmental organisations in an effort to ensure that underwater archaeology is considered in management and conservation strategies.

All work is either funded through grants and donations or undertaken on a voluntary basis. The STUA was formerly based at Edinburgh University under the direction of Dr Nicholas Dixon, Research Fellow in Archaeology. It is now based at the Scottish Crannog Centre at Loch Tay, Perthshire.

Survey and underwater work will continue in Loch Tay and elsewhere in Scotland to provide the Scottish Crannog Centre with new discoveries. See our projects page for information on some of the work already carried out. If you would like to contact us, please email or write to us at The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Perthshire PH15 2HY.


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